Found in the southern area of Luzon, Bicol has been those beautiful areas in the Philippines that is yet to be discovered! So if you want to check out unspoiled beaches, visit historic landmarks, and try adventurous activities, you must add Bicol to your itinerary this year! Whether you ride a bus or book a flight, you’ll surely enjoy this pristine destination! Here are 6 reasons that will make you want to go:
You’ll fall in love with Mt. Mayon
Your Bicol trip will not be complete without visiting the famous landmark of Bicol, Mt. Mayon! Take an ATV tour around Mayon or the lava wall trails so you get a glimpse of stunning backdrops of nature and Mayon’s perfect cone. If you’re up for some challenge, you may also opt to hike going up Mt. Mayon. However, you still need to confirm it with your tour guide since Mt. Mayon is an active volcano, and requires precautions when climbing up.
You can go beachbumming at Calaguas
Calaguas is a hidden gem that is slowly becoming popular for tourists in the Philippines! Known for its fine white sand and crystal clear waters, you will surely enjoy beach bumming in this place. Since the island is still underdeveloped, it has no Wifi, signal, and limited electricity, so you should be able to bring your own essentials if you will be camping there.
You can learn history at Cagsawa Ruins
Established in 1725, the Cagsawa Ruins is the only tower of the Franciscan Church that survived the explosions during the 18th Century. Now at present time, it remains a landmark in Bicol, as it is one of the most beautiful spots to take photos with Mt. Mayon in the background. There’s a local belief that if you see Mt. Mayon clearly without the clouds, you can make a wish and it will come true! So if you visit Cagsawa Ruins, better have your fingers crossed on a good view!
Photo: Philippine Primer
You can try different water sports
Are you an adrenaline junkie? If you want to try something new, then Camsur Watersports Complex is worth checking out! Aside from wakeboarding, you may try exciting activities like paddleboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, skateboarding, and so many more! So whether you’re a newbie or professional, you get to learn these sports with your fellow travelers who have a passion for sports.
You can eat new dishes like Bicol Express and Pili Ice Cream
If you’ve come to Bicol to eat, then you’ve made the right decision! Some of the popular choices are Bicol Express, and Pili ice cream. For the top recommended restaurants in Bicol. check out 1st Colonial Grill for pili ice cream, and also pass by Balay Cena Una for crispy Bicol Express. You may also check out the local eateries and food stalls around the province as they provide authentic meals that you can’t find in Manila.
Photo: Uno Tours
You can surf in not-so crowded beaches
Love to surf? If you’ve tried surfing in La Union or Siargao, you’ll love surfing in Bicol since the crowd is lesser compared to the popular spots in the Philippines. The ideal surfing spots in Bicol are in Gubat, Bagasbas, Camarines Norte, so be sure to check it out and research on when are the best months to surf. You may also ask the locals on which specific area you should visit, to avoid any hassles.
Photo: Pinoy Travels
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